Torc Robotics opens technology and development center in Stuttgart
Torc Robotics, an independent subsidiary of Daimler Truck, opens a technology and software development center in Stuttgart, Germany. Torc Europe GmbH will tap into the pool of talent available in one of Germany’s leading automotive development regions. The Stuttgart team will support the ongoing development of the SAE Level 4 Virtual Driver for deployment in self-driving trucks in the United States.
Torc Europe GmbH is an independent entity and a 100% subsidiary of Torc Robotics Inc. The office is located in Untertürkheim, in the immediate vicinity of an existing Daimler Truck R&D center and the Daimler Truck headquarters. The 18,000 square foot technology center has an additional 12,000 square feet that will be used as a workshop.
Torc and Daimler Truck are working together on a common goal to develop and put on the roads autonomous trucks for long-haul trucking (SAE level 4) within a decade. This pure-play approach aims to solve what Fleming calls “one of the most complex engineering feats of our generation.” The challenge is to reinvent the truck to accommodate a safe and scalable Tier 4 product, while integrating with the complex and interconnected freight network to support sustainable innovation and efficiency.
In 2019, Daimler Truck invested a majority stake in Torc. Torc and Daimler Truck, with its North American entity, are accelerating development and testing in the United States, which requires support in areas such as simulation, machine learning and infrastructure.
In addition to the Stuttgart facility, Torc recently opened a 20,000 square foot facility in Austin, Texas. In 2021, the company added 28,000 square feet of office space for its staff in the Blacksburg Enterprise Research Center. A fully operational test facility in Albuquerque, New Mexico opened in 2020. The Albuquerque site allows daily multi-shift trips of Torc’s self-driving test trucks on New Mexico highways and from Texas.